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[tak-til, -tahyl] /ˈtæk tɪl, -taɪl/
of, pertaining to, endowed with, or affecting the sense of touch.
perceptible to the touch; tangible.
Origin of tactile
1605-15; < Latin tāctilis tangible, equivalent to tāct(us) (past participle of tangere to touch) + -ilis -ile
Related forms
[tak-til-i-tee] /tækˈtɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nontactile, adjective
nontactility, noun
untactile, adjective Unabridged
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  • tactile obtuseness varies with the class of crime practised by the individual.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • There is, I am told, tactile memory as well as visual and aural memory.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
  • Worst to see was the rigid clutch of monster's tactile organs, which grew from the barrel's crown.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • tactile: used for touching; an organ that has the sense of touch.

  • The tactile sense proper: One board with a corrugated surface (like a grater) and one smooth.

British Dictionary definitions for tactile


of, relating to, affecting, or having a sense of touch: a tactile organ, tactile stimuli
(rare) capable of being touched; tangible
Derived Forms
tactility (tækˈtɪlɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin tactilis, from tangere to touch
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Word Origin and History for tactile

1610s, "perceptible to touch," from French tactile, from Latin tactilis "tangible, that may be touched," from tactus, past participle of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Meaning "of or pertaining to touch" is attested from 1650s.

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tactile in Medicine

tactile tac·tile (tāk'təl, -tīl')

  1. Perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible.

  2. Used for feeling.

  3. Of, relating to, or proceeding from the sense of touch; tactual.

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tactile in Science
  (tāk'təl, tāk'tīl')   
Used for or sensitive to touch.
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